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“Old and tired” 1 of 5 stars
Review of da Nello al Montegrappa

da Nello al Montegrappa
Via Monte Grappa 2, Bologna, Italy
051 236331
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Ranked #104 of 1,300 Restaurants in Bologna
Price range: $38 - $58
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Dal 1948 il Ristorante da Nello è sinonimo di "mangiar bene a Bologna"
Melbourne, Australia
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Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
“Old and tired”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

I had the feeling from the very beginning that this was just a churn-them-through tourist trap and that's what it ended up being. Overpriced and definitely no love!

  • Visited May 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Very disappointed”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013

We booked through our hotel 8 hrs before and when we arrived were told very abruptly that all tables were reserved outside and on the first floor. We were led to the dungeon and were basically told to take it or leave it! No discussion about it.... The feeling was and this continued that we were cannon fodder tourists. We ordered and both elected the veal and we both specifically asked if it was veal because we had a misunderstanding the previous night, and were assured it was veal. When the meal arrived it was not veal, pork and we complained and were informed it was veal. The waiter disappeared and we waited and called him back and he made us feel very inferior and as if we did not know what we were talking about. And brought over another waiter to reinforce it was veal...then said perhaps it was turkey. Anyway, when we refused to eat it they took it away without an apology. A very bad experience. Mistakes happen, but I hate being treated as an idiot, and them behaving in such an offhand, uncaring and superior manner.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Bologna, Italy
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“Typical and good”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

Some good speck and better cured venison.
Gnocchi al gorgonzola was fairly light and tasty (although it look like it had sat under the heat lamp a little too long).
Finished with a delicious favourite: tartuffo

The seating inside is curious: a single bench seat between tables, allowing one to face either way.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Mmmm Mortadella!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

First of all we had the nicest waiter we have had in Italy. The table next to us complained to the manager about him in the most unfair manner. I squared it with the manager before we left to put the record straight and gave the lad a fat tip. Some customers just don't know how to behave!
Now, when in Bologna it is a crime not to try Mortadella followed by Ragu one way or another. Mortadella was served here as a plate of chunks of the pink and white sausage. No garnish...nothing. 10 euros...Hmm. Well the best mortadella has cubes of the sweetest test creamiest fat and this was delicious. Not a picture on a picture on a plate and probably not to everyone's taste served that way but I savoured it as my wife pulled a face and tucked in to fresh asparagus with a cream and Parmesan sauce. The Ragu with tagliatelle was the best "bolognese" I have ever eaten. We fought over a pana cotta and she won. Have a bottle of Barolo, glass of proseco, bottle of water and a coffee. 90 euros. Enough but not too much and a meal we will never forget thanks to wonderful food and srvice and the cabaret provided by the two English speaking lawns at the next table who were lucky they weren't thrown out.

Visited May 2013
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Ferndown, United Kingdom
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“We were conned”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

We had a lovely meal here at a table right next to the kitchen. We paid in cash and whilst we were getting a card to book later in the week our money of 145 euros was taken from the table leaving the bill which we had to pay again. We were right next to the table with our backs turned for only a few seconds. There were no patrons left in the restaurant near us, so sadly we think it must have been staff. BEWARE! We have never been duped before and this has left a very sour note on our first evening in Bologna.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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rick1960, Proprietario at da Nello al Montegrappa, responded to this review, May 11, 2013
It was such an unpleasant situation we had never, ever experienced in 65 years of our business history, hence I remember it very clearly. Our staff and especially our manager on duty (who is the one whom you spoke and he is in charge in charge of cashing money from tables) are totally trustable.
As I told you before leaving the restaurant, we carried out our end-of the-day accounting and we did not find the amount of € 145,00 in eccess, hence we did not get paid twice.

Our opinion is that the mix -up took place when you wanted to shar 50/50 the bill betwen the two couples of you and consequently the arrange for the money to be given to the manager to pay the bill.
It might be possible that, not intentionally, in that circumstance the money went back to the pocket, whilst your idea was to having left it upon the table

We are sorry for the occurrence, but in no way we can bee deemed responsible for it.
Riccardo Bolini - Co Owner
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